Salute to Service is the National Football League's year-round effort to honor, empower and connect with our nation's service members, veterans and their families. Since 2011, Salute to Service has raised more than $26 million for military and veteran nonprofit organizations. The NFL is proud to support its core military nonprofit partners – the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF), the Pat Tillman Foundation, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the USO, and Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) – to fund programs and provide resources that improve the lives of service members, veterans and their families. The league also partners with USAA, an Official NFL Salute to Service Partner, to work together to honor and recognize service members and veterans with unique experiences around NFL calendar events.
The Kraft family and the New England Patriots have a longstanding commitment to supporting those who have served and those who continue to serve our country. As part of the Salute to Service campaign, the Patriots will celebrate the lives of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while defending our country.
The Patriots Foundation has teamed with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to invite 25 military families to attend the Patriots vs. Packers game on Sunday, November 4th. All of the families are from the New England area and have lost a loved one that served in the military.
At the Nov. 4 game, the Patriots will be playing for those 25 families. All of the players will have decal stickers on their helmets with the initials of a man or woman that lost their life while serving in the military. The Patriots coaching staff will also participate in this initiative, wearing buttons with the photos of the 25 men and women.
Through this initiative, the Kraft family and the New England Patriots will celebrate the lives of 25 brave men and women, ensuring that they will never be forgotten.